MetroSongs Volume 4: Get ’em while they’re hot!

Just received a stack of the new MetroSongs Volume 4 CD, which we call “Multi-Tracking” to mark the first recording by the entire MetroSongs band, Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors.

You can hear the latest collection on BandCamp, and buy a physical CD for your very own for only $10 from that site or (better yet) directly from me.


I’m really proud of this collection, and happy to have had the opportunity to contribute as a writer and player on most of the tunes on the album.


MetroSongs Volume 4: on CD (and maybe in your house)

metrosongs4I’m excited to be working with Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors on Volume 4 of  MetroSongs, a musical journey inspired by the stations of the Washington, DC Metro subway system. For Volume 4, Jason plans to record the full Open Doors band for the first time, and include songs written or co-written by members of the band in addition to Jason himself. Our goal is to release a professionally mastered album, plus accompanying video on DVD to add visuals to that audio.

Jason kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to get us going with this project. I encourage you to check it out and help support this unique musical adventure. We’re accepting contributions small and large; we’re offering great benefits, including the opportunity to host a live MetroSongs concert in your living room!

I’ve had a blast playing MetroSongs with the Open Doors, and having the opportunity to write some MetroSongs of my own (you can hear “Cleveland Park” on Volume 3). I have at least two more station tributes in the works for Volume 4, starting with “Friendship Heights.”

I look forward to your support!

Back to 1979, with the great music, without the bad hair

It’s Classic Albums time again, this time going back to the incredibly influential musical year of 1979. Please join us at Iota in Arlington, VA on March 21 for a re-creation of some of the musical highlights of my late high school years, featuring:

That Pink Floyd act is pretty ambitious; we’re starting to shed heavily now in preparation for the big night. Hope to see you there!

p.s. Don’t forget about the upcoming benefit for FAIR Girls featuring my regular jazz group, Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble. Tickets are still available for this February 20 soiree at the Swiss Embassy in NW Washington, DC.


December gigs: MetroSongs live!

This month’s performance schedule starts with a live MetroSongs performance by Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors, with me in the keyboard chair. We’ll be at Ebenezers Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill in DC on Thursday Dec. 6, performing about an hour of MetroSongs, including a new song about Union Station and my composition for Cleveland Park. DC singer-songwriter Amanda Lee is opening for the Open Doors. The coffeehouse is at 201 F St. NE in Washington, a couple of blocks from Union Station. Tickets for the show are $10, and doors open at 7:00 pm.

My regular Black Fox gigs with Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble continue in December, with with two performances on Dec. 7 and 21. As always, these Friday night shows start at 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover charge for the music. I have a new instrumental tune, “Three For Three”, that I’m hoping to play at one of these shows.

The DC Jazz Jam is going strong in December as well. I’ll be in the second Sunday house band on Sunday Dec. 9, 6:30-9:30 pm at Dahlak, joining the house band of Mark Caruso on guitar, Dahni Scally on bass, and Paul Jung at the drums.

Coming up in August

Here’s a preview of my performance schedule for August, 2012. Hope you can come out to enjoy the music.

Friday August 3, 9:30 pm: First Friday at the Fox

It’s always a thrill to join Aaron Myers and the Black Fox Ensemble for another evening of jazz standards and surprises. We’re back at the Black Fox Lounge on the 3rd with the regular band: yours truly on the piano, Percy White on bass, and Will Stephens at the drums. The show starts around 9:30 pm, and as always there’s no cover charge for the music.

Aaron and the band will be performing again on August 17, but I will be on vacation and not at the piano on that night.

Saturday Aug. 25, 2:30 pm: MetroSongs at the winery

I’m joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors for a set of acoustic MetroSongs at the Quattro Goomba’s Winery in Aldie, VA, part of a regular weekend music series at this Loudon County, VA winery. The show runs from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Not Too Busy by M. V. Jansen from flickr

[Updated August 2] Sunday Aug. 26, 6:30 pm: DC Jazz Jam

I’m swapping Sundays this month at the DC Jazz Jam, playing on the fourth Sunday (along with monthly master guest Lyle Link) instead of the usual second Sunday. The jam runs from 6:30-9:30 at Dahlak, 1771 U Street NW, Washington, DC.

The reason for switch is the special 3rd anniversary celebration of the Jam on August 12th. The little jam that Will Stephens started in 2009 has become something of an institution. To celebrate, Will is inviting back the original house band members to lead this session: Peter Runk (keys), Mark Caruso (guitar), Percy White (bass) and of course Will on the drums. In addition, the anniversary jam will feature some young stars of the DC jazz scene: Elijah Balbed (tenor sax), JS Williams (trumpet), and Wallace Corey (trombone) — along with a special MC, Aaron Myers.

In honor of the big event, the evening will include the premiere of the theme song I wrote for the jam.

New videos: MetroSongs & Steely Dan

Thanks to Jason for posting some videos of recent performances by the Open Doors. For some reason, I always seem to be out of frame on the right side. You can hear the keys, though, which is what matters.

First, in our traditional MetroSongs mode, playing “Ballston” at Artomatic in Crystal City, VA on June 2

Second, in expanded Steely Dan guise, playing “Black Cow” at the Classic Albums 1977 showcase at Iota in Arlington, VA on May 24

(please pardon the moving camera at the beginning)

More videos over in Jason’s YouTube channel.

DC Jazz Festival: doing our part

The DC Jazz Festival starts this Friday, June 1, bringing an almost overwhelming selection of excellent jazz to the DC area over the 10-day run of the festival.

I’ll be playing at the start and end of the festival timeline, in regular gigs that the Festival recognizes as part of the Jazz in the ‘Hoods series.

  • On June 1, I’ll be at the Black Fox Lounge for our regular first Friday show with Aaron Myers and the ensemble.
  • On June 10, I’m happy to announce that I will be joining the house band of the DC Jazz Jam as the regular second Sunday pianist. The jam has grown into a very active and high quality gathering of excellent local players. I’m looking forward to a fun session on the 10th and future Sundays.

In addition to this jazz activity, I’m also playing in a more pop vein on June 2 at 4:00 pm, joining Jason Mendelson and the Open Doors to play some MetroSongs at Artomatic in Crystal City.

Although I’m happy to be playing with Jason and the band, this means that I’ll have to miss Marianne Solivan singing at the Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days At The Phillips Collection earlier in the afternoon. If you haven’t heard her yet, you’re missing something special. Definitely worth checking out! (there might even be time to Metro down to Crystal City to catch our 4 pm show as well…)